For one, we as teachers, in order to develop our practice, are encouraged to observe, learn and talk to 'outstanding' practitioners. If we want our children to become outstanding writers then they need to see outstanding writing or at least writing that models what they are working towards. There is also an interesting suggestion that this WAGOLL needs to be achievable for the children to match or better. If the expectation is too great then perhaps the WAGOLL becomes too difficult to match. Therefore, using an appropriate WAGOLL is key! i CONSTANTLY REMIND MY CHILDREN THAT A wagoll IS A 'GOOD' ONE AND NOT A 'PERFECT' ONE.
Many schools use success criteria, steps to success or WILF etc. A WAGOLL sets expectations for children and allows them to gain an understanding of what is expected from the task and product of the learning. We as professionals again search for the best examples of teaching and innovation in order to develop and progress our own practice. Children should be exposed to the same process and SHOULD be given the chance to search out the best examples of writing AND SENTENCE STRUCTURES.
In regards to the suggestion that children may copy a WAGOLl and not think for themselves, approaches such as pie corbett's innovation PROCESS can encourage children to take ideas and change it through a structured process. For example, changing the three little pigs to the three little insects and the big bad wolf to the huge evil lizard! There are some great examples of innovation activities that give children a chance to magpie and change ideas all over the internet. It is also important to note that a WAGOLL doesn't (AND IN MY OPINION SHOULDN'T) have to replicate the children's own ideas. A Roman historical story unit can begin with reading an Egyptian historical story. This way, children are forced to innovate the ideas for their own story whilst 'magpieing' sentences structures and writing techniques.
WAGOLLs also have the power to draw the learner in and get them on board with the task. We all remember the famous 'here's one I prepared earlier' line from Blue Peter which immediately drew children in to the task in hand. No matter how difficult the process was, the goal of producing something exciting and engaging motivated the builder. This can be mirrored in the classroom. If an engaging, exciting, inspiring and relevant text is given as a WAGOLL, it has the power to persuade any child that this topic and unit of writing is something worth taking part in! Remember a WAGOLL doesn't just have to be read allowed to the class. It could be acted, characters could be interviewed and brought to life. Art can BE created based on a setting. The ideas can be endless - anything THAT GETS YOUR CHILDREN DESPERATE TO GET STUCK INTO!
Learning behaviours have become a vital focus in the classroom, where children develop learning skills and gain a deeper understanding of the learning process. A wagoll TEXT IS JUST ONE VERY IMPORTANT CHANCE TO DEVELOP THIS AND TO CREATE POWERFUL WRITERS WHO KNOW HOW LEARN AND LEARN WELL! wagollS DRAW YOUR READERS IN AND SET EXPECTATIONS WHILST SHOWING CHILDREN THE PROCESS OF HOW WE AS ADULTS GET BETTER AT THINGS!
The Literacy WAGOLL Team!